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What types of hazards are property owners expected to remove?

Whenever you visit someone's home, run to the mall or meet friends for dinner at a restaurant, the last thing you might expect is that an otherwise routine trip could end with serious injuries. Unfortunately, this is the exact situation that many people find themselves in when they are victims of unsafe premises.

Property owners are expected to keep premises safe for people who are legally allowed to be on a site. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen and people get hurt because a hazard was not properly addressed. In these situations, victims may have grounds to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. If you have recently been injured on someone else's property, you should understand what types of incidences commonly lead to legal action.

Report: Millions of immigrants eligible for driver's license

There are thousands of people who are living in Florida without the proper legal documentation. Some people have overstayed a visa or fled to the U.S. to escape dangerous situations without first going through the proper channels to secure permission. There are also many people who were brought here as children who are still without authorization. 

In recent years, there have been specific efforts made to help the young people in the last category: children without the proper permissions who are brought here by their parents. For example, in 10 states plus the District of Columbia, undocumented immigrants are able to get a driver's license.

What you need to know if you want to come to the US for work

People from all over the world see America as a place where they are free to pursue their goals. For many people, this means stable employment and a livable wage. The U.S. is also considered to be home to many of the most innovative and industry-leading companies in the world.

For these and many other reasons, immigrants from other countries want to come to the U.S. to work. However, there are some important considerations that people must make if they want to come to this country to work or if they as employers want to bring in foreign workers.

Court rules that non-economic damages caps are unconstitutional

Being seriously injured or losing a loved one in a fatal accident can both be devastating experiences for anyone. In many cases, victims and their family members choose to take legal action against the party or parties responsible for the accident in order to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages that have been suffered.

In Florida, however, this compensation has been capped at certain amounts, depending on several different factors. For example, if your loved one was killed due to a medical error, you may be awarded $5 million by a jury, but Florida laws dictated that your award could be dramatically reduced based on compensation caps. However, a recent court ruling has determined that these caps are unconstitutional.

What is the 'July Effect' and how does it affect patient care?

Going to the hospital can be a frightening experience for anyone. People can be stressed out, confused and in pain in this situation and the last thing they should have to worry about is being treated by inexperienced nurses or doctors. Unfortunately, that can be all but unavoidable, especially at teaching hospitals in July.

New medical students typically start working in these hospitals during the month of July, which means that if you went to a teaching hospital last month, you could have been treated by a doctor with very little experience. This phenomenon is known as the July Effect.

Missed diagnoses lead to the most malpractice cases

What is the main reason people sue their doctors after they fall ill? It's failing to diagnose a problem as soon as it should have been determined. Imagine if you were suffering from an oddly shaped patch on your skin that continued to grow and change. You go to the doctor and have tests performed, but they say you're fine. Later, you find out that you actually have skin cancer, and now it's progressed to the point where you'll need much more care to get rid of it.

You'd be furious with the medical team that made the mistake, and you're not alone. In a study that reviewed medical malpractice claims against doctors in the U.S., France, Australia, and Canada, between 26 percent and 63 percent of the cases were based on a missed diagnosis.

United States moves to protect transgender immigrants from abuse

The United States will honor transgender immigrants with the right to be housed in either male or female designated illegal immigrant detention centers. The decision comes after news has surfaced about numerous cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse against transgender detainees. Transgender immigrants will now be permitted to choose which facilities they will live in based on their gender identity.

The new policy was announced on Monday. Immigration officers will be trained on how to respectfully question immigrant detainees regarding their gender identity for the purpose of carrying out the new policy effectively.

Ways that patients can help prevent medical errors

Florida patients should be aware of options available to them to help reduce the risk of medical errors and complications arising from malpractice. The federal government says hospitals and health care providers generally are performing better than ever before, but there are still more than 400,000 people that die each year due to preventable hospital errors . Engaged patients tend to be more satisfied with the quality of care they receive and less likely to manifest hospital-related medical problems later.

Assuming that their hospital visits are elective, patients should research the ratings of nearby hospitals and the infection rates from each one in order to find quality health care with a lower incidence of preventable patient cross-contamination. They should try to find out who the patient's health care coordinator at the hospital will be, so the patient and family have someone to speak to regarding matters of concern. A family member or friend should be appointed to speak on the patient's behalf concerning the patient's wishes if this becomes necessary.

What is an investor visa?

There are a lot of different ways for immigrants to obtain a visa to reside in the United States and one of the more popular ones is called an investor visa. Immigrants who apply for investor visas or E5 visas, are commonly referred to as immigrant investors or immigrant entrepreneurs.

Immigration laws in the United States provide a pathway for immigrant investors to enter the country to create new businesses that will help spur capital investment and job growth. E5 investors are given approximately 7.1 percent of employment-related visas each year.

Get compensated after product defects injure you

Getting hurt because of a manufacturing issue isn't something most people expect to have happen to them. Manufacturing issues can cause all kinds of problems, from an oven overheating and exploding to a car's wheel coming loose on a quick turn. Weakly produced toys could have loose parts that could result in choking, and furniture could collapse. These are all types of incidents you hear about, but when they happen to you, the pain and frustration of the situation becomes much clearer.

While most cases involving manufacturing defects won't cause serious injuries, there are many that do and still others that result in fatalities. Victims of these dangerous products are left asking themselves what would have happened if they would have simply purchased another product instead, adding doubt and remorse to their already heavy grief.

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